christian cowgirl with a passion for barrel racing
Hometown: Cohutta, GA
Riding Style: Western
Specific Styles: Barrel Racing
Primary Horse’s Name: Asa Bug Moon AKA Money
Hi I’m Bayleigh Choate from Cohutta, GA. I have been competing in the sport of barrel competivly since I was 3 yrs old. I won my first all around saddle at 4. that’s all it took and from there I was hooked. I have qualified for the past 8 years to the youth and open world championships in the NBHA. I have competed in numerous barrel races all over the southeast. I also compete in the jr high division of the high school rodeo. Last year was my first year and I was able to qualify in two events barrel racing and pole bending. At nationals I was able to make the short go and end respectfully 11th in the nation in barrel racing. my latest trip will be traveling to Las Vegas to compete with the best in the west. I was able to do this my amazing horse Money- we have a bond that’s truly like no other. I found her in small country horse sale. I knew by the brand on her hip where she came from and it was from a farm my mom rode at years before and the owner was the sweetest lady I had the chance to know. So when the mare no sold in the auction I ran to my truck and took my winnings out that I had earned and begged the man to sell her to me for $300 it was all I had. the man sold Money to me and gave me a chance to be with my bestfriend for life. Since that day Money and I have been very successful as a barrel racing team. She was a true gift from God.
my role models are the awesome Fallon Taylor not only as a fellow barrel racer and competitor but as she is positive influence to many youngsters and adults that have the same passion as she does. also she has a great eye for fashion always making a statement in and out of the arena, on or off her horse. I was able to attend a clinic with her this summer and she didn’t teach me a technique to race better but one much greater and more important. That was to always display true sportsmanship and to be humble as the little and up coming barrel racers will have a person to follow. I found this to help me more and strive to become a better barrel racer. Sara Rose Mcdonald and her amazing horse Bling is also an insipration to me. As I have competed against her and Bling in the past. Maybe one day we will both be running down the ally at the NFR.
Last, I give all the glory to God as he gives me the strength and talent to do what I love. I would also like to thank my many supporters behind the scenes that get me to where I need to be no matter the cost or sacrifice. We spend hours on the road and as I can’t drive myself. I’m blessed to have a great team behind me. I want to thank Lakota for letting me tell my story and I will see ya somewhere between the road and the rodeo.
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